GAIA 2020 COVID-19 Emergency Response
Moving quickly in March 2020 to avert projections of millions of infections and tens of thousands of deaths due to the pandemic, GAIA’s Covid-19 Emergency Response included 3 key strategies:
- Protect Mobile Health Clinic operations with PPE and rigorous safety protocols;
- Educate rural communities critical COVID-19 prevention through health talks and PSAs; and
- Deliver essential COVID-19 prevention supplies — including 10,550 handwashing stations, 155,580 tablets of soap, and over 10,390 locally sewn cloth face masks — for households in the highest risk areas as well as our partners at the District Health Offices and at the Kamuzu College of Nursing.
Continuing Care. Recognizing the real danger of backtracking on progress made in battling HIV, malaria, and other health challenges, GAIA’s frontline health workers — draped head to toe in PPE — continued to provide essential services for the rural populations we serve. In 2020 alone, GAIA provided 272,000 preventative and curative client visits.